Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana / Slovenija

August 23, 2011

The Event
The 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana 

23 September–20 November 2011


List of exhibited artists and projects:

Ant Farm, Oreet Ashery, Bababa International, Robert Barry, Nina Beier & Marie Lund, Jerzy Bereś, Karmelo Bermejo, Anna Berndtson, Conny Blom, János Borsos, Tania Bruguera, Graciela Carnevale, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Marcus Coates, Brody Condon, Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita, Marco Evaristti, Terry Fox, Dora García, Félix González-Torres, Núria Güell, Manuel Hartmann, Alfredo Jaar, Jaša, Enrique Ježik, Regina José Galindo, San Keller, Daniel Knorr, Božena Končić Badurina, Gregor Kregar, Siniša Labrović, Liz Magic Laser, Marcello Maloberti, Teresa Margolles, Kris Martin, Dalibor Martinis, Dane Mitchell, Shana Moulton, Kusum Normoyle, OHO Group / The Šempas Family / Milenko Matanović / David Nez / Marko Pogačnik, Once is Nothing (Presentation of an exhibition curated by Mária Hlavajová and Charles Esche as part of the 2008 Brussels Biennial), Serkan Özkaya, Kim Paton, Mark Požlep, Praxis (Brainard & Delia Carey), Public Movement, Franc Purg & Sara Heitlinger, Sal Randolph, Maruša Sagadin, Hans Schabus, Santiago Sierra, Mladen Stropnik, Sz.A.F., Tan Ting, Unguarded Money (Presentation of an action carried out in Budapest in 1956 by Miklós Erdély and the Hungarian Writers Union), Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, Wang Jin, Anna Witt

The exhibition will present the energy and vitality of the medium of the art event in contemporary art. A selection of art events will be presented in four different groups based on topics that are typical for contemporary art: violence, generosity, emptiness, and the search for the sacred and ritualistic. These topics were explicitly selected, among other reasons, because the events that thematize them also meet the requirement that they are not something new, neither in terms of their artistic iconographic motifs nor in terms of actual human or social practice. Events in which we can partake with impunity in violence, in “shamanistic” violence to oneself, in Dionysian or absurdist ritual, or in the establishment of an idyllic communitas that shares a common meal are, indeed, activities that, one might say, have been practiced and even depicted for millennia. The cross-section of contemporary art events presented at the exhibition will thus be able to serve as a comparison with similar topoi, practices, and phenomena in other fields, as well as from human history. And this comparison, in particular, could help us as we attempt to come to a stronger theoretical understanding of the art event as a medium of expression and as the functional apparatus of institutions of contemporary art.

The curator of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana is Beti Žerovc.

For statement by the curator and detail information on the Biennial please visit 29gbljubljana.wordpress.com.

Venues of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts:
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Museum of Modern Art (Moderna galerija), Jakopič Gallery, Gallery of Cankarjev dom, public non-gallery spaces: Gosposvetska cesta 12 and Vošnjakova ulica 4

Opening of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts:
Friday, 23 September 2011 at 7 pm, International Centre of Graphic Arts

Preview: Friday, 23 September 2011
Opening hours of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

International Symposium, 4–5 November 2011:
The Event as a Privileged Medium in the Contemporary Art World

The Symposium will address specific “target” issues concerning the ideological significance of the multitude of events in contemporary art institutions. Participants so far include anthropologists, philosophers, sociologists, historians, and art historians: Luisa Accati, Thomas Fillitz, Dario Gamboni, Werner Hanak-Lettner, Bojana Kunst, Henrietta Moore, Michael Newman, Robert Pfaller, Renata Salecl, etc.

Mednarodni grafični likovni center / International Centre of Graphic Arts
Grad Tivoli, Pod turnom 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, 
T + 386 (0)1 2413800, www.mglc-lj.si 

Press contact:
Lili Šturm: T+ 386 (0)1 2413818, lili.sturm [​at​] mglc-lj.si